|biking: ride 2
||[Apr. 16th, 2007|09:08 pm]
Biking is a lot of fun. But I'm still largely clueless. Kaci went off to get her picture taken for a new AIC ad campaign, leaving me alone at 8:30. So I popped in some triple A batteries into my bike's rear light, strapped on my gargantuan helmet, and hit the road. It was dark by this time.
My original plan was to do as I did yesterday and just drive around my immediate neighborhood. Once I got onto Sacramento, though, I found myself heading towards S. 1st. I went north on the sidewalk a ways, and then crossed the street. I took that cross street over to S. 5th, and then rode north again. I'd read earlier online that S. 5th was supposed to be an easy road to bike on. It was alright, but I found myself too scared of traffic. So I got back on the sidewalk when I could. I rode north to W. Live Oak, where I turned east. I passed the sound of peacocks, which I think live at Green Pastures. I went home all the way south on the S. 1st sidewalk, crossing when I dared.
All this while I fiddled with my gears. They're still a mystery to me. Most of the way home I was in 3 on the left and 7 on the right. But I have no idea what I should have been doing. I guess I need to experiment more. I'm a little worried that the bike is too tall for me. The manual says that I should have more clearance in my standover height than I actually do. But the bike feels great, so who knows.
My total ride time was only 20 minutes or so. But hell, it's been years and years since I've seriously ridden a bike.
On the way home I was chased half-heartedly by a tiny dog named Princess. She easily caught up to me.